Monday Morning Altitude Check: Blake Wheeler is the latest Jets' player to sign in Europe

Marianne Helm

Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Winnipeg Jets-related news and notes.

Hey all! Here is our feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets and elsewhere in the NHL.

Here is what's in the news for Monday, October 29, 2012:

Blake Wheeler has become the latest Winnipeg Jets player to find work overseas, signing with Red Bull Munchen of the German Elite League. In case you're wondering, yes, Red Bull sponsors a shit-load of sports teams. [TSN]

Cross twelve more regular season games off the Jets' list as the lockout is set to wipe out the entire month of November. Suggestion: Load up on booze, friends. It's shaping up to be a long winter. [Winnipeg Sun]

Jim Slater is not feeling the love from NHL owners who have now shut down all lines of communication with the NHLPA: "It’s more of a slap in the face," said Slater. "Pretty much all that we hear coming out of their mouth is no, no, no. It’s tough to work with somebody that is always saying no. That’s kind of what we’ve run into so far." [Winnipeg Sun]

Ey-oh! Days after Mark Scheifele was named to Team OHL for the CHL/Russia Super Series, Adam Lowry was selected to participate for Team WHL. Jets' prospects, represent! [Jets.com]

Spencer Machacek is as comfortable in his role as a point producer as he is when he's smashing orbital bones. [The Telegram]

The St. John's IceCaps were the first team to defeat the Norfolk Admirals in the past 32 regular season games, doing so by the final score of 3-2 on Saturday night. [The Telegram]

Unfortunately, the IceCaps' still sputter trying to string wins together and were shutout by the same Admirals squad Sunday afternoon. [CBC]

Will the NHL Winter Classic be the next item on the chopping block? All signs point to yes. [SB Nation]

EA Sports is joining the lockout fun adding defecting players to their European teams. I'm assuming the Berlin Polar Bears are now legit. [SB Nation]

Josh Lile of Defending Big D eviscerates Bleacher Report for suggesting Glen Gulutzan will be the first coach fired when the NHL returns because he's younger than Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney. [Defending Big D]

Greg Wyshynski puts Ryan Suter on blast for taking aim at NHL owners who signed big ticket deals before the expiration of the CBA with no intent of honouring said deals. Said Wyshynski: "This level of mutual trust, with the lockout looming, ran so deep that the players had $25 million — over one quarter of the total value of their deals — placed into bonuses that wouldn't be affected by a potential salary rollback. In fact, the top 13 signing bonuses in the NHL are for contracts signed in the last year and a half. Why, it's almost like the players knew their owners were feeding them a line of B.S. about contracts being honored at full value!" Boom, roasted. [Puck Daddy]

Jack Johnson was the latest American-born NHLer to roll up his sleeves and speak out against the leagues owners, slamming them on his own website: "The concept that the owners are trying to dismantle existing contracts that they in good faith offered, signed, and committed to is appalling, unprofessional and disgraceful. I negotiated my own contract, without an agent, with the confidence and belief that the owner offering me that contract operated by the same convictions and principals as I do. During the summer, the players offered to play through negotiations and the owners locked us out. We want to play hockey! Where is the honor? I'm ready to play and uphold my end of the deal!" [Toronto Sun]

Ellen Etchingham explores the failed existence of the New York Americans, the last NHL team to play Brooklyn. [Backhand Shelf]

Finally, check out this awesome goal by Alexander Krushelnyski. [Western College Hockey Blog]

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